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Full transparency key to stopping drug diversion in healthcare settings

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March 20, 2020

by Russ Nix, Aegis RX, LLC

Is drug diversion a problem in the healthcare setting where you work? Chances are the answer is yes—but you might not realize it yet.

Drug diversion costs the healthcare industry more than $70 billion per year, according to one estimate, and some researchers say as many as 10% of all medical professionals will divert drugs from their workplace at some point in their career. This means every adult patient in the United States has likely encountered a healthcare worker who has diverted drugs.

Outbreaks of healthcare-acquired infections that stem from employee drug diversion are becoming more common. Just last year, 12 patients who contracted hepatitis C in a Washington state hospital were linked to one nurse who diverted drugs, according to a CDC report. And it isn’t just patients who are affected. When two Dallas hospital nurses died of drug overdoses in 2017, hospital reports and medical examiner records suggested that the medications were diverted from within the hospital.

Is drug diversion a problem in the healthcare setting where you work? Chances are the answer is yes—but you might not realize it yet.



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